Re: [ei] FW: STATEMENT OF JUDGE VIC RAWL

From: Fred McLain <mclain_at_zipcon_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jun 17 2010 - 17:13:02 CDT

Cross-posting this to OVC-discuss. Folks there have also looked into the ES&S machines.

        -Fred-

On Jun 17, 2010, at 12:44 PM, Mike Ridgway wrote:

> I just watched the video clip of Vic Rawl's appearance on the Thom Hartmann show and sent this email to his producer in response.
>
> Can anyone lend assistance to my efforts?
>
> I would be happy to do a webinar presentation of my theories regarding machine failure and fraud in the Sarasota election to anyone who is willing to invest the time. It would take about an hour.
>
> Mike Ridgway
> Tooele, Utah
> 801-438-4139
> miketangoromeo@gmail.com
>
>
> Here's the email I sent to Thom's producer.
> = = = =
> Dear Sir/Madame:
>
> I am sending a quick note which I would be happy to supplement with further information if you are interested in pursuing this idea.
>
> In 2006, many counties in Florida used the same ES&S iVotronics voting machines that Vic Rawls referred to on your recent program.
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> Among those counties was Sarasota County.
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> In Sarasota County elections that year, a number of anomalies were noted including one which ranks as one of the most staggering in the history of electronic voting.
>
> More than 18,000 voters in Sarasota County had no vote for Congress registered at the end of the voting process, roughly 14 percent of all who voted.
>
> I have done a great deal of research into that case and can make a strong circumstantial case that not only did the machines account for at least one-third of those missing votes, but also, I can make a strong circumstantial case for a criminal cover up on the part of the Republican Department of State, which oversees elections in Florida.
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> The coverup of the failures resulted in the denial of a lawsuit by the Democrat in the race, Christine Jennings, who lost, "officially" by only 369 votes. Had the machines functioned properly that day, I contend she would have won by at least 4500 votes.
>
> Do you think that there is any possibility that Thom could devote a segment to allowing me to make my case to his viewers?
>
> To be clear, I am not asking for Thom to accept or believe my case. In fact, I welcome skepticism from Thom and from his callers. But I believe that the information from the Sarasota case has great bearing on the South Carolina case at the present time. But this message has never been publicized in spite of rather serious attempts on my part to get the Main Stream Media in Florida to cover the story. Once they invented their own theories, sadly, they were rather unwilling to publicize alternate theories.
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> However, enough was made of the problems with the machines in Florida in 2006, even though most pundits still claim to have no idea what really happened, that paperless touchscreen voting machines such as the ones used in Sarasota and in South Carolina this week were banned statewide the next year in a bill signed by Governor Charlie Crist.
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> Further exposure of the problems that we are apparently witnessing again this year in a way that goes beyond evidence-less conjecture could go a long way toward getting these machines banned elsewhere. Hopefully, one day, they will be banned nationwide.
>
> In hopes of return correspondence,
>
> Mike Ridgway
> A software tester by profession and a Republican political activist by avocation
> Tooele Utah
> 801-438-4139
> miketangoromeo@gmail.com
> Former member, Utah Republican Party Executive Committee
> Former member, Utah Republican Party Central Committee
> Former member, Salt Lake County Republican Party Executive Committee
> Former member, Salt Lake County Republican Party, Central Committee
> Former Utah Republican State and County Delegate
>
>
>
> On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 4:52 AM, Fred McLain <mclain@zipcon.net> wrote:
> Here is the YouTube video of Vic Rawl on Thomm Hartmann's program:
>
> http://www.youtube.com/user/thomhartmann#p/a/u/2/72eA7RWfXoc
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> Apparently the machines used were the older (2004) and very questionable ES&S machines.
>
> Pass it on.
>
> -Fred-
>
> On Jun 15, 2010, at 12:04 PM, Kim Kaufman wrote:
>
>> Thom Hartmann had Vic Rawl on his show today. Rawl is looking for experts in electronic voting machines to help him determine if there was election fraud. Below is a statement from him off his website I just pulled for where to contact him. This is the time for all the experts out there to be heard about we know about these wretched voting machines!
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>>
>> Kim Kaufman
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>> What Is An Emergency? Afghanistan Or Our Children?
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>> STATEMENT OF JUDGE VIC RAWL
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>> June 14, 2010 Categories: The Campaign Trail
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>> Judge Vic Rawl
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>> Good afternoon, and thank you all for coming.
>>
>> Earlier today, our campaign filed a protest of last Tuesday’s election results with the South Carolina Democratic Party.
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>> We have filed this protest not for my personal or political gain, but on behalf of the people of South Carolina.
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>> There is a cloud over Tuesday’s election. There is a cloud over South Carolina, that affects all of our people, Democrats and Republicans, white and African-American alike.
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>> At this point, the people of our state do not have the basic confidence that their vote will be counted.
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>> The strange circumstances surrounding Tuesday’s vote require a thorough investigation. For better or worse, this protest process is the only platform currently available for that investigation.
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>> And let me be clear: regardless of the outcome of this protest, a full and unblinking investigation of this election and the overall integrity of South Carolina’s election system must go forward. Whether our protest is upheld or not, I intend to bring my full energies to electoral reform well into the future.
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>> I want to speak briefly about the bases for our protest.
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>> First is ongoing analysis of the election returns themselves, which indicate irregularities.
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>> Second are the many voters and poll workers who continue to contact us with their stories of extremely unusual incidents while trying to vote and administer this election.
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>> These range from voters who repeatedly pressed the screen for me only to have the other candidate’s name appear, to poll workers who had to change program cards multiple times, to at least one voter in the Republican primary who had the Democratic U.S. Senate race appear on her ballot.
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>> For those who experienced problems voting, I urge you to go to our website, www.vicrawl.com and use the form there to report them. You can also call our Election Integrity Hotline at 843-278-0510 843-278-0510.
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>> Third is the well-documented unreliability and unverifiability of the voting machines used in South Carolina.
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>> It is worth noting that these machines were purchased surplus from Louisiana after that state outlawed them.
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>> The full details of our protest will be presented on Thursday.
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>> For the people of South Carolina, getting to the bottom of Tuesday’s results will build confidence, either way.
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>> I also hope that a full and frank discussion of our voting system will result in substantial reform.
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>> At the risk of repetition, this protest is not about me, or my personal political fortunes. Indeed, if the protest is upheld and a new election ordered, I have not decided whether to run in it.
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>> But, either way, I am not done with the issue of fixing our elections.
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>> Lastly, let me make something clear. Like all of you, I am aware of the controversies surrounding Mr. Greene. This protest is not about him either.
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>> I would like to speak directly to Mr. Greene and say: “Sir, this is not about you, and it’s not about me. I wish you and your family nothing but the best in the weeks and months ahead.”
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>> I will be happy to take questions.
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